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debate preview will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern. at 9:00, jim lehrer will moderate the 90-minute debate with the questions focus on domestic policy. after that is done, your calls, e-mails, and tweets. with the first presidential debate tonight, you can visit our video library and watch the debates. right now, a portion of the 1984 debate between president ronald reagan and former vice president walter mondale. >> i want to raise an issue that has been looking for the past two or three weeks. you are already the oldest president in history, and some of your staff and said that you were tired after your most recent encounter with mr. mondale. i recall that president kennedy had to go on days on and without sleep during the cuban missile crisis. is there any doubt in your mind that you would be able to function in such circumstances? >> not at all. also, i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i'm not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. [laughter] i might add, it was seneca or cicero, i don't know which, who said that if it was not for the
, missouri, i'm jim lehrer. thank you, and good night. [applause] c-span [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> monday, an interview with former presidential candidate ross perot. he talks about the status of the economy, the deficit and debt, and how it has changed since his campaigns in 1992 and 1996. here's a portion of that interview. >> you established a third party. he ran twice. you established -- what was it? united we stand and then the reform party. do you think there is something wrong with the two-party system that has gotten, as we have seen, more acrimonious? >> it is almost impossible to do it. it would be a healthy thing if you could get it done and make it happen. they know they are going to be butchered from day one for what they have done. >> "usa today's" richard wolfe talks with ross perot. and to confine his article on monday in "usa today." >> my opponent and his running mate are big believers in top down economics. they basically think that if we spend another $5 trillion on tax cuts that f
in october, moderated by jim lehrer. once our live debate preview at 7:00 eastern and then the debate at 9:00. afterwards, your reaction in phone calls, e-mails, and tweets. fall was online at c-span.org. -- follow us. "washington journal" continues. host: john glastris is joining us to talk about your recent article in the magazine entitled "too important to fail." we are talking about the fairly recent consumer financial protection bureau. guest: that's right. cfpb is a regulatory agency set up to monitor and protect financial instruments. that's everything from mortgages to certain kinds of credit cards, payday loans, all sorts of things that average people use for savings and investment and so forth. they have not been regulated as products until now. it is the failure to regulate them as products that really precipitated the collapse of the financial system and our recession. host: you say that saving the cfpb is essential to restoring the economy and the american dream. guest: let's think about what has happened in the last few years. the average american family in 1990 the average a
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